So you guys know that the Canon EOS-5D Mark II can shoot video, right? It seems like video is the latest “must-have” feature for DSLRs, and although I remain skeptical of its utility when it comes to the core function of a DSLR (to make photographs, last I checked), it turns out that there is something to be said for it.
As you read here not too long ago, the season finale of the hit Fox show “House” (which I watch religiously) was shot entirely with 5D Mark II cameras, proving that although it may not be as convenient or feature-rich as a purpose-built digital cinema camera, it gets the job done.
You don't need to be a technology Nostradamus to see into a future where tools of even the most complex trades trickle down to the masses. Already, software capable of advanced video and music production are within the grasp of any Joe (or Jane) Q. Public. The 5D Mark II is just another example of the ever-increasing accessibility of truly capable media creation tools.
Lest you doubt my words, watch this short film from Philip Bloom called “Sofia's People.” Shot entirely handheld with the 5D Mark II and a Nikon-mount Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. According to Bloom, there was no post-production other than massaging the frame rate (no image modification at all).
When I say that the 5D Mark II's video is absurd, I mean absurdly awesome.
View Sofia's People on Vimeo to see more of Philip Bloom's work, participate in discussion, etc.